The 2009 Angling Trust Cadets, Juniors, & Intermediates National Championship took place on Saturday 4th July at Cudmore Fishery, Newcastle-under-Lyme. Over 200 youngsters aged between 10 and 20 years of age took part in the event all hoping to go home with a winning medal and National winning title.

Congratulations to Smartbait Leeds, who took the winning title in the Cadets Championship for the forth consecutive year winning gold with 25 points and a weight of 27.02kg. Tameside Fox Match were in second place with 22 points and 28.93kg to take the silver medal. The bronze was won by Maver Farnborough with 17 points and 18.13kg.

Paul Stead, Manager of Smartbait Leeds stated “It is a great idea to put this event on a commercial fishery every couple of years because these are the venues where all the youngsters are fishing these days.

The tactics for the Cadets was to fish pellet at 8 metres and 11 metres – something which our cadets are capable of fishing. The Juniors used pellet, meat and worm two x 8 metre lines and two x 11 metre lines. The Intermediates tended towards the same tactics. The Cadets teams had two competitors, Jamie Stonestreet and Ryan Webb, who are new to angling – they’d been fishing for just 4 months. Adam Thorne and Harry Keedy took part at only 10 years of age. Young Jake Dowd has now won four consecutive section wins and 4 gold medals for his team in the last four years.”

Manchester team, Tameside Fox Match anglers Mathew Ebbrell and Josh Smith put on an excellent display on the day taking first and second positions in the Cadets National Championship – they both fished pool 6.

Mathew took the title of National Cadet Champion to win the gold medal on peg E2 with a winning weight of 8.110kg, and winning his section. Josh came just behind in second position to take silver on peg D1 with 7.500kg, and also a section win. In the bronze medal position was Ryan Webb from the winning Cadet Team classification on the day, Smartbait Leeds on peg E5 with 7.160kg.

The Junior Championship team classification was proving that Tameside Fox Match were pushing other teams and anglers to their limits as they took an outstanding clear lead to take the gold medal and win with 102 points and an excellent weight of 47.00kg. The silver medal went to Smartbait Leeds with 83 points and 29.18kg. In third place Wakefield AC were only 3 points behind the runners up on 80 points with a weight of 26.21kg.

The Junior Championship proved to be an interesting match with a variety of tactics used and fish caught. An excellent performance on the day came from Harry Mottram from SAFE. He took the winning place & title of National Junior Champion fishing from peg F11 on pool 5 with a good weight of 13.370g, and also winning his section. Runner up Joe Cartwright of Tameside Fox Match, on peg C9 pool 3 with a weight of 11.570kg won silver, and came top in his section. Pushed into third position, with a weight of 9.960kg on peg F4 pool 5, was Barnsley Juniors AAS angler Luke Butterworth.

The top 8 anglers from the Junior Championship will take part in the Junior Fish O Mania event on 18th July at Cudmore Fishery.

The Intermediates had a competitive and closely fought match and was won on weight difference by Tameside Fox Match Red with 84 points – a gold medal weight of 62.20kg. Tom Woodruff, who captains the team, has now collected three gold’s in the last three years. Tom netted a 12oz skimmer near the end of the match which made all the difference to the team results. The runner up team was Maver Farnborough Black who ended with joint 84 points, but a weight of 56.30kg to fall into second, but they proved to be worthy contenders and had fished consistently throughout the match. Third place went to Barnsley Juniors AAS only two points behind with a weight of 60.27kg.

Tom Hunt of Worksop & District AA took the winning title of the Intermediate Champion with an excellent performance fishing Arena pool on peg E14 with an outstanding weight of 39.250kg. The silver medal position went to Sam Stubbington of Maver Farnborough Grey on peg A13 on Suez pool with 26.710kg, and in third place was Gavin Liversidge of Worksop & District AA on peg D1 and a weight of 19.880kg. Tom, Sam and Gavin all collected extra medals on the day by all winning their sections.

It proved to be a very successful day for Tameside Fox Match who collected medals throughout the age categories and added 9 section wins to their collection.

Peter Woodruff, Manager for Tameside Fox Match said “What a day, all the hard work pays off. I am “over the moon” and consider Angling Trust Cadets, Junior & Intermediates National Championship the biggest match at the beginning of the year.

Firstly it is important to thank Fox who sponsored us with £1,000, and Baittech VDE supplied all our groundbaits and pellets, also appreciation to Arc Electrical for sponsoring us. These sponsors make a difference with all the support, help and products they supply. Over the last 3 years we have developed and become really good anglers, with the team winning open matches now so the standard is amazing.

The Intermediates adapted very well because low oxygen levels on lake meant their venue had to be changed to Milo – their adaptability to new conditions was the key. They had put a lot of time and effort into practicing. Andy May has given some coaching to the teams, as he knows Cudmore well. We also have a team of coaches and without their hard work it wouldn’t be possible. Everyone in our team knows what our team plan is and contributes to it. There is no point being involved with a team unless you are going to improve as an angler.

The Junior match plan was to catch with 6 metre line with pellet from the start feeding shallow, with the team catching in the last hour. The team all caught carp shallow in the last hour and this was part of the plan that they were practising. The cadets were maximising the number of fish they were catching. There plan was to catch with around a 6 metre line and a large number of small fish”.

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